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  • OnePixel says we need more ‘apps for Africa’

    OnePixel chief operating officer Nicholas Rixon gives us a lowdown of his interpretation on the mobile tech scene in Africa. Focusing on smartphone applications, he says that there’s a great need for African apps that solve African problems on the continent but the continent is not there just yet. OnePixel is a South African-based mobile software development company. By using cloud-based environment for the company’s apps, OnePixel aims to bring the offline and online user experiences to the user as well as the application’s product brand. Rixon refers to these as “Apps for Africa” and says that, when played right, there...

  • FlipOver.org wants to ‘flip social challenges’ through crowdsourcing

    Today Flipover.org has announced its partnership with Indonesia's largest non-profit youth organization Karang Taruna. The aim in this partnership is to connect Indonesia's local neighborhood entrepreneurs to the global crowdsourcing community. FipOver.org is an Indonesian-based that creates awareness and uses crowdsourcing as a platform to "flip social challenges to individuals to empower change." This is mainly done on a global scale-- connecting social entrepreneurs that use crowdsourcing to co-design solutions. The organization plans to expand to the rest of South East Asia and other emerging markets. Karang Taruna has 10-million active members and although spanning across 500 cities, is mainly...

  • Rocket Internet raises $500-million, has big plans for emerging markets

    Rocket Internet is one of the key startup backers in the world. With currently over 75 ventures across the globe, it is also popular for its interests in backing startups in developing markets. Today Rocket Internet announced that it has managed to secure over US$500-million from the Stockholm-based Investment AB Kinnevik and US-based Access Industries since May 2012. This massive total sum of investments means that Rocket Internet is now a US$1-billion organisation. The organisation tends to develop and support ecommerce companies in the fashion, general merchandise and furniture sectors. “This is a highly significant investment from our partners Kinnevik and...

  • Dashboard launches Pinpoint for innovative market research in Africa

    Market research and strategy company Dashboard has partnered with advertising and media expert Dave Kelly in an effort to launch Pinpoint. Using available technology, Pinpoint is designed to be a current as well as accurate media consumption and audience tracking tool for the African continent. Pinpoint analyses African media content consumption to understand and use the market's advantages. Its market ranges from TV and radio consumers to social media and internet usage. The company has been developed to support more efficient and successful media buying on the continent. By exploring psychographic and attitudinal consumer mindsets, Pinpoint is able to...

  • Orange launches new money transfer service in Africa

    Orange telecom recently launched a new money transfer service to compete with an already competitive industry. The Orange Money International Money Transfer takes advantage of an existing lucrative market that's hoping to secure the telecom giant's foothold in Africa. People from and in between Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire are able to use Orange's new money transfer service. The service allows cellphone users to directly send and receive money by simply using a general code and the recipient's unique cell phone number. According to Orange, more than US$260-million transfers between these three countries every year. The Middle-East and Africa contributes...

  • MEDO offers ‘trip-of-a-life-time’ to ICT entrepreneurs

    Between MEDO(Micro Enterprise Development Organisation) and BT (British Telecom) Global Services, 11 entrepreneurial businesses have the opportunity to get training as well as exposure to business and investment partners at the International Trade Programme this November. Entrepreneurs, who have small businesses operating within the Information, Communication and Technology sectors, are invited to apply for the next International Trade Programme. All entries will be evaluated and the selected entrepreneurs will be placed on the programme. Those who triumph during ‘bootcamp’ will go on the next trade visit to the UK in November 2013. Apart from exposure and the "trip-of-a-life-time," chosen applicants...

  • Microsoft 4Afrika included in Obama’s Washington Fellowship programme

    During US president Barack Obama's visit to South Africa last weekend, he announced the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This fellowship is the new flagship programme under the president’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Part of this programme is Microsoft's 4Afrika initiative, which offers internships across the continent. The Washington Fellowship initiative is an annual programme and will commence next year and will put more than 500 young African leaders through leadership training and mentoring in the United States. This will "also create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to use their new skills to propel economic growth and...

  • Exclusive: Uber, the $50m smartphone-based private driver startup rolls into SA

    A job post on LinkedIn suggests that everyone's favourite private driver/car service, Uber, may finally be making its way to South Africa. According to the job post, which has been active for less than a week, Uber is looking for a city manager that will not only run its Johannesburg operation but help Uber launch in the city. Uber is a San Francisco-based company which makes a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of luxury vehicles for hire. Uber at its core is an on-demand private driver. Users of the service can request a ride at any time using...

  • Jobs portal SEEK pumps $20-million into Private Property’s classifieds empire

    Australian jobs portal SEEK has invested US$25-million (R205.53-million) in One Africa Media (OAM), previously named Private Property Holdings. The deal will help the South African-based classifieds company expand its operations in Africa. A significant portion of the group is owned by Tiger Global Management, the New York-based venture capital fund that already partners with SEEK in other ventures across Asia and Latin America. OAM is best known for its Private Property real...

  • Marc Andreessen: Silicon Valley is too hard to recreate

    Known for co-founding Netscape and the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen recently made his thoughts clear on what seems to be a harsh skeptical outlook on international startup ecosystems. Reported by TechCrunch, he highlights the notion that acceleration programmes and the like should stick to geographic regions they know best. Beijing's attempts to replicate Silicon Valley, he says, won't work because each region has its own particularities. Pointing at the political environment, he says that although China is heading on par with the US economically, it's still lacking the required transparency and fundamental laws for protecting workers....